Day 98 - Reno to Yosemite NP - California (USA)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Friday, July 5, 2013

On the road again today. Surprised to find its a five hour journey. We were hoping for four hours. Never mind, nothing that we haven't done before. The adults are looking forward to a few less road days in the coming week.

Our breakfast is accompanied by the cheesy hold messages at Cruise America, the people we hired the van from. Our generator has been on the blink for a few days and this is the fourth time we have called. Dylan learns that a holiday in America is called a vacation.

Lunch time pit stop, and Dylan learns the difference between an open and a closed sandwich. He would still like his one shut. Rich tells Emma that she needs a shower as her hair is all over the place (such a charmer). Dylan leaps to mummy's defence, "Daddy, mummy's hair is very pretty" (clearly doesn't take after daddy).

By far the best thing that happened today was Taya saying "mama" for the first time. Just melts your heart. So thrilled to hear it.

The journey today turns into a mammoth drive. We are not sure how many hours we drive for, but having left at 8.15am, we don't arrive until 5pm, perhaps as many as seven. The drive is really scenic but its mountainous with single roads and lots of twists and turns. We can't safely manage the speed limit in the RV.

The last hour and a half is inside Yosemite National Park. We enter the park at the Tioga Pass Entrance at the North East of the park. We have picked out two places to stop on the way, and they do not disappoint. The first is Tenaka Lake, a beautiful lake, with towering grey mountains surrounding it. The girls sit on a rock on the shore for Taya's feed. Wow, she has had some scenic feeds and this ranks up amongst them. It seems to be a popular spot for rock climbing, so we watch as people head straight up the rock face, then point out tiny people towards the top.

Next stop is Olmsted Lookout, and its a cracker. We can see down towards the valley and Half Dome. In the other direction, we are high up above Tenaka Lake and its electric blue in colour from here. Great first tasters of the park, we can't wait to discover more over the coming days. 

We continue our wiggly descent. Dylan's highlight is the three tunnels we pass through.He likes particularly how everything goes dark when we are inside them.

We unfortunately are not staying within the park, since despite being uber organised on the day the sites went on sale, we missed out on a place, probably super busy due to July 4th holiday. We are staying just outside the Rock Arch Entrance at the south west of the park at Indian Flat RV park for the next five nights.

We arrive just in time for getting dinner started. Emma has become a dab hand at rustling something up in next to no time to feed everyone. Marinated chicken and vegetable pasta goes down a treat. Taya's food intake has definitely ramped up over the last few weeks, and we are constantly replenishing her mat with more. It's so lovely to see the children enjoying their food.

Dylan and Rich go in search of the swimming pool before showers, whilst Emma gets Taya to bed. The pool visit is replaced by an hour of play on a train in the playground. Rich is the passenger and Dylan the driver, with many trips to London Victoria.

Long, long journey but the destination is incredible, looking forward to tomorrow. We have promised ourselves some downtime here, so we have a short list of must sees, but then we are hoping to just find a lake/field/meadow to sit and play for the rest of the time.
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